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Going Fright-Free: 13 Halloween Books for Little Pumpkins
by Dena McMurdie
Dena read Jack London's White Fang in the third grade and has loved children's books ever since. She reads, blogs, and paints in North Carolina where she lives with her husband and three children. You can also find her at her blog, Batch of Books, where she writes about children's, middle grade, and young adult books.
Are you looking for Halloween books that won’t frighten the tiniest of trick-or-treaters? If so, I’ve got you covered! From board books to picture books, these reads for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers alike are a surefire way to get your little monsters into the Halloween spirit without giving them nightmares.
Babies & Toddlers
by Eric Carle
Spiders have long been a symbol of Halloween! In this classic book, a little spider diligently spins her web, undeterred by the farm animals that try to distract her. It’s just the right amount of creepy-crawly for little readers, but for an extra Halloween treat, check out Happy Halloween from The Very Busy Spider.
by Kristen L. Depken, illustrated by Claudine Gevry
Little readers count their way through a spooky house, lifting flaps and finding a few bats, ghosts, and witch’s brooms along the way. This fun board book is the perfect treat for those still too little for candy.
by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Tom Brannon
There’s no world like the world of Dr. Seuss, and the littlest of readers will love to observe Thing One and Thing Two dress up in classic Halloween costumes. With bright colors and simple rhymes, this board book is a Halloween hit.
by Stephanie St. Pierre, illustrated by Joel Schick
From another friendly and familiar world, Pumpkin Patch Party has all kinds of surprises to discover under the liftable flaps, and is sure to inspire giggles from babies and toddlers alike.
Little readers will love lifting the flaps to discover adorable little monsters playing hide-and-seek. The creepy critters are all styled to look like stuffed toys, making them appear to seemingly jump off the page.
by D.J. Steinberg, illustrated by Laurie Stansfield
First-time trick-or-treaters will delight in this playful collection of poems that celebrate the joys of Halloween. From choosing a costume to sorting candy, bright illustrations and upbeat rhymes walk kids through the most fun and festive moments of Halloween night.
by Tad Hills
Get ready for another charming Duck & Goose adventure as they gear up for Halloween. Duck is a ghost and Goose is a superhero, but both are terrified of the swamp monster searching for them. Should they be?
by Mr. Kreib, illustrated by R.W. Alley
When a group of kids set out on Halloween night to find the witch’s house, they come across a host of creatures like a skittle-skattling skeleton and the herky-jerky Frankenstein along the way. Colorful illustrations and a singsong-like rhythm make this the perfect Halloween read-aloud.
by Julie Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Join the witch as she makes friends with one animal after another and learns that sharing can bring unexpected results. With rollicking rhyme and a surprise ending, this story is a hit with tiny book lovers.
by Michael Rex
This spooky-silly parody of the perennial kids’ favorite, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, is a Halloween delight. Ever-so-creepy illustrations pair with hilarious rhyming text about a family that treks through graveyards, swamps, and pumpkin patches in search of a goon.
by David Quinn, illustrated by Ashley Spires
A bedtime read full of adorable little monsters and their patient parents, Go to Sleep, Little Creep plays out the full range of nighttime routines for mummies, werewolves, trolls, and more. Giggle-inducing and oh-so-relatable, it’s sure to be a read-aloud favourite.
by Ammi Joan Paquett
Preschoolers can practice their counting skills in this ghoulishly fun story set in a haunted house. First a ghost bumps into a mummy, then the two of them bump into a monster — and on it goes, until the unexpected ending.
by Jacky Davis, illustrated by David Soman
Lulu dresses up as Ladybug Girl every day, but what costume should she wear for Halloween? While picking pumpkins and going on a hayride, Lulu contemplates her dilemma, until the just-right answer finally presents itself.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2020.
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